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ISBN: 9781928088448

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Has The World Ended Yet?

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In Has the World Ended Yet? we start with retired superheroes living in a soulless suburbia where everyone gets lost trying to get home. Then the angels start to fall from the sky. Is it Armageddon? And do we want the world to end or not?

In a series of linked short stories Peter Darbyshire weaves together superheroes, ghosts, the undead, a hired hitman, the Cold War, the Rapture and avenging angels in a Twilight Zone–style collection that is riveting and human. We follow characters that are identifiable through situations that are unreal, through a technicolour landscape we are all familiar with. The end of the world is not what we expect, what any of Darbyshire’s characters expect and may not really be happening at all. But should it?

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Peter DarbyShire

Peter Darbyshire’s work has appeared in publications across North America. His novel Please won the KM Hunter Artist Award for Literature and the ReLit Award for Best Novel, and was featured on CTV. His novel The Warhol Gang received rave reviews across Canada and generally disturbed people. He also publishes a series of spec-fic novels under the alias Peter Roman. Darbyshire lives in a safehouse outside Vancouver.

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Titan wakes up one morning to find that angels are falling from the sky and the world is ending around him. What is there for a retired superhero to do? 14 $1.40

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In a world where a select few have the ability to perform miracles, Zane is asked to do something beyond his powers. 16 $1.60

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Humanity asks itself one simple question: why is it raining dead astronauts? 2 $0.20

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A ferryman drives through the night, escorting a wayward ghost back to the land of the dead. 22 $2.20

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It isn’t easy being dead. You still have to go to work, keep up with your mortgage payments, mow the lawn. And everyone looks at you differently. A newly undead man tries to pick up the … 14 $1.40

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A diver enters a strange world full of ghosts. 24 $2.40

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An obsession with reality television and a peculiar skin condition have unexpected consequences for Otto. 8 $0.80

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A photoshoot at an abandoned shopping mall quickly goes awry as the models undergo a frightening transformation. 34 $3.40

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An undersea pipeline ruptures and releases all of our nightmares. 2 $0.20

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An employee at a temp agency for deities struggles to find a suitable job placement for a particular tricky Lovecraftian horror. 14 $1.40

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A team of researchers explorers an ancient ruin and discovers picks up a ghostly possession. 18 $1.80

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In a world where minor gods can be bought and sold, a suburban couple makes a purchase that will turn their lives upside down. 18 $1.80

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An assassin and an angel trapped in a blow-up doll go on a journey of retribution. 22 $2.20

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A man trapped in a time loop amidst a war between superheros just wants to get home to see his wife. 12 $1.20

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An angel tries to figure out what its dreams mean. 35 $3.50

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Alistair Black tries to outsmart the bureaucracy of Hell. Molox the Infernal Gatekeeper is on the case. 19 $1.90

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For the first time in anyone’s memory, someone has been murdered in Hell. 16 $1.60

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The world faces a reckoning as people start dying with no rhyme or reason. 6 $0.60